According to the Encylopedia of the History of Missouri by Howard Louis Conrad there were two excutions in Laclede Co -the last being the excution of Wilson R Howard (aka Willis/Wills/Wilse) for the murder of Mike McMichaes/Michaels. The trial for the murder had been moved from Maries Co MO to Lebanon on change of venue in 1893. Would I be able to access the actual Court records if I visited the Court House in Lebanon? Are there any local historians who have perhaps written an account of the trial and excution?
Either during the trial or just before the excution Wilson Howard confessed to the killing of my ancestor, John Speed Bailey, in Harlan Co KY. Wilson's uncle, William Jennings, was in prison in Kentucky for the murder of Bailey when Wilson confessed. As a result of Wilson's confession Will Jennings was eventually released from Prison. Both Howard and Jennings had been involved in the Howard-Turner feud of the Harlan Co KY area. The Bailey's were associated with the Turner faction of the feud. Whatever the circumstances and regardless of who actually did the killing of Bailey this excution in Lebanon is said to have brought the Howard-Turner feud to an end at the expense of the death of an indivual with no involvement to either side, Mike McMichaels or ?? Michael. I have not found a source of the absolute name of the poor man. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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